Black-crowned Night Heron

Recently in Tampa, Lettuce Lake Park has a great boardwalk for nature photographers and while observing the Black-crowned Night Heron, I learned something.

This is just an observation guess… notice what the bird does while its beak is in the water. My guess is that by gently snapping into the water creates a vibration which will bring fish or other species from underwater to the surface.

Pretty neat!

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Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron | Alice Mary Herden | January 2019

 


Links:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-crowned_Night-Heron/overview

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-crowned-night-heron

 

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Little Blue

The Little Blue Heron… super neat transformation this heron goes through. When they are juveniles their feathers are completely white with dusty bluish tips and going into their immature to an adult stage they begin molting; feathers start changing.

 

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Little Blue Heron | Alice Mary Herden

 

Like any wading bird, most spend a considerable amount of time preening.. and those are the best photo ops!


Links:

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/little-blue-heron

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Little_Blue_Heron/id

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterbirds/little-blue-heron/


 

Don’t forget to check out my Little Blue Heron Photo Gallery: https://green-flymedia.smugmug.com/Nature-Wildlife/Birds/Little-Blue-Heron/

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The Beautiful Wood Stork

There are so many people that I have come across that cannot identify wildlife that is common to Flordia. “Ya, that big white bird.” and that is concerning.

One thing about wildlife/nature photography is to LEARN as much as you can about what you are photographing, or at least know what species it is.

This is not just a white bird, this is a very uniquely created wading bird, and is on the threatened species list due to loss of habitat.

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Wood Stork

The Wood Stork is a beautiful bird, just a simple wading bird with a powerful profile.

 

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Wood Stork perched on a snag limb. 

 

Links:

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterbirds/wood-stork/

http://fl.audubon.org/birds/wood-stork

https://www.fpl.com/environment/pdf/wood-stork.pdf

https://www.fws.gov/northflorida/WoodStorks/wood-storks.htm